Scores belonging to Thomas Llyfnwy Thomas (1911-1983), baritone singer

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Vocal manuscripts by Thomas L. Thomas, lyrics in large ink capitals for legibility during practice/performance. All undated, mainly 1920s/30s Broadway show tunes, and folk songs from European and Celtic nations. Also files of press cuttings and programmes relating to Thomas L. Thomas' performances from 1937-41, all very fragile.

Administrative / Biographical History

Transferred to Cardiff University following the closure of the Welsh Music Information Centre.

The Welsh Music Information Centre (WMIC) was established in September 1983 to provide information about Welsh music, particularly 20th century music and to encourage performances of contemporary works. It incorporated the Welsh Music Archive which was founded in 1976 and was similar to the Scottish Music Information Centre in Glasgow and the British Information Centre in London with a role of collecting scores by Welsh composers. It received the support of the Welsh Arts Council. An exhibition of scores and memorabilia housed at WMIC was held at the Viriamu Jones Gallery, University College, Cardiff, March 1984. The centre closed in March 1997 after the Arts Council withdrew its funding in December 1996. Ty Cerdd – Music Centre Wales was formed by combining the Welsh Amateur Music Federation (WAMF) and WMIC in 2009. Its role is to promote all genres of Welsh Music by “bringing a world of music to Wales and the music of Wales to the world”.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is available by prior appointment, during 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.